Baton Rouge Regional BreakdownPostseason
Most Exciting Player: Dane Myers, Rice – A two-way talent who can beat with you with his bat or his glove, Myers hit .360 with five triples, six home runs and also stole 13 bases. On the mound he logged over 50 innings and started seven games.
Best Hitter: Greg Deichmann, LSU – The junior outfielder has taken the next step as one of the best sluggers in the country. He has serious power and is one of those game-changing hitters that keeps opposing pitching coaches up at night. He hit a pair of home runs to center field Saturday in the SEC tournament semi-finals showcasing he is more than just a pull-power slugger.
Best Defensive Player: Josh Smith, LSU – A former and future shortstop, Smith has turned in one sparkling play after another at third base this season growing the reputation as a highlight machine at the hot corner.
Best Pitcher: Alex Lange, LSU – Lange has a big curveball and when he locates it, he can be dominant. Add in his low 90s fastball and his ultra competitive nature and you have one of the best college pitchers in recent SEC history. Lange seems to get better in clutch situations. If the bases are loaded, watch his already intense demeanor elevate another level.
X-Factor : Mac Sceroler, Southeastern Louisiana – The Baton Rouge native has two uncles with great careers in former LSU greats Ben McDonald and Brett Laxton. He is not too bad himself with a pair of complete games among his 14 starts. He has over 100 strikeouts this season and has nine victories. He also has quality stuff, sitting in the low-90s with his fastball, while also showing feel for multiple pitches.
Best Starting Rotation: LSU has an experienced duo in Alex Lange and Jared Poche’. Now freshman Eric Walker has been really impressive during their late surge.
Best Bullpen: Rice has the best reliever in the field with Glenn Otto. The righthander can work multiple innings and has been lights out of late. If the Owls can get a lead late, he can flip the script in this regional.
Best Offensive Team: LSU – Yes, LSU is again the team here as well especially after its performances the past few weeks. In Hoover, the Tigers had four separate innings where they scored four or more runs in an inning. Cole Freeman, Kramer Robertson and Deichmann are veteran players who make pitchers work and typically make the most of their at bats.
Best Defensive Team: LSU – The Tigers field .981 as a team with some really athletic defenders. The outfield of Antoine Duplantis, Zach Watson and Deichmann is really solid as is Michael Papierski behind the plate. Add in a really good double play combination with Freeman and Robertson and you have hit stealers in the field.
No. 1 Seed Win Probability (1-10): 9 – LSU is playing so well right now. Add in their talent and the home field (and crowd) advantage and it is difficult to imagine them not advancing. If they lose, perhaps the familiarity Southeastern Louisiana and Rice have as returning regional participants plays a part. That said, LSU opens with an overmatched #4 seed and should be able to set up their pitching for success.
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